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Iowa 24, America 11, Obama 7, John Avlon 5, Columbus 5, New Hampshire 5, South Carolina 5, Barack Obama 4, Romney 4, Greenwood 4, United States 4, Moines Iowa 3, Michelle Obama 3, Michelle 3, Edith 2, Senate 2, Iraq 2, City 2, Ohio 2, Manchester 2,
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  CNN    Erin Burnett Out Front    News/Business. Erin  
   Burnett.  (2012) New.  

    November 5, 2012
    8:00 - 9:00pm PST  

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affected not only me as a wife and a mother, but as a voter. as an american. and i started envisioning the kind of person that i wanted to lead our country. and i knew that i wanted a president with a steady character, with deep compassion and strong convictions. i wanted a president who was smart. i wanted someone we could trust. >> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett, in columbus ohio in the final hour before election day. you are watching michelle obama, the final rally for her husband in des moines iowa. we'll be going there live in a moment. we'll be live here in columbus, but first we want to listen to the first lady. >> the dreams of all americans. and the more i thought about it, the more i knew in my heart that
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i was describing barack. i knew he could be that president. and for four years, that's exactly what he's done. he has stayed true to himself and with your help he's worked day after day to make this country better to move it forward. he's rescued our economy from the brink of collapse. saved the auto industry. he's passed historic health reform, ended the war in iraq. he's fought so women get equal pay and students can afford college. he's fought for our seniors so they can retire with dignity, and our veterans, so they can get the benefits they earned and the respect they deserve.
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for four years, barack has been fighting to give every single one of us a fair shot at that great american dream. no matter what we look like or where we come from, or who we lo love. and for four years we have all seen what i've seen for the past 23 years. we've seen a man of honor and integri integrity, who knows what he believes and stays true to his values. i'm so proud of my husband. we have seen an honest man who knows the facts and always gives it to us straight. we've seen a man who's strength and resolve to build a better tomorrow has never waivered, never. and that's why i am so thrilled to be here in iowa tonight.
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because long before most people even knew his name, you all saw what i saw. so you did all this crazy stuff. you showed up at campaign offices here in des moines and offices all over the state. more importantly, you opened your homes. you held caucus trainings, you marched with us at the jefferson jackson dinner. and then on a cold january night you stood up for barack because you knew that he would stand up for you. and over these past four years, our family has been truly blessed, truly blessed by all of the love and support and prayers that we have received from every corner of this country. and barack has been truly
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blesses to have all of you by his side as we have worked together to bring that change we can believe in. it is an honor and a privilege to serve this nation, just know that. and tomorrow, we get the chance to finish what we started here in iowa. tomorrow, all across the state, all across this country, we will line up and vote in libraries and community centers and school gyms. we're going to knock on doors until our fingers are numb. we're going to make calls under our voices are hoarse. and we won't stop until every voice and every last vote is counted. and we will do it -- we will do it because while we have come so far, we know that there's so
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much more to do. and what we really truly know is that we cannot turn back now. we need to keep moving this country forward. so that means that we need to re-elect the man who has been fighting for us every single day. my husband, the love of my life, the president of the united states, barack obama. [ cheers and applause ]
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♪ >> you just watched michelle obama introducing her husband. it was a very tender and nice moment there. i'm here with john avlon, we're getting ready to hear the president speak. that was a tender moment between the two of them. it seemed genuine. here is the president getting ready to give his final pitch to voters. because tomorrow he's playing basketball. >> it's game day. >> it's game day. >> hello, iowa.
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tomorrow, iowa. tomorrow from the granite of new hampshire to the rockies of colorado, from the coastlines of florida, to virginia's rolling hills. from the valleys of ohio to these iowa fields, we will keep america moving forward. i've come back to iowa one more time to ask for your vote. i came back to ask you to help us finish what we started. because this is where our movement for change began. right here. right here.
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right behind these bleachers is the building that was home to our iowa headquarters in 2008. i was just inside and it brought back a whole lot of memories. this is where some of the first young people who joined our campaign set up shop. willing to work for little pay and less sleep because they believed that people who love their country can change it. this was where so many of you who shared that belief came to help. when the heat didn't work for the first week or so. some of you brought hats and gloves for the staff. these poor kids, they weren't preparedp. when the walls inside were bare, one of you painted a mural to lift everybody's spirits. when we had a j.j. dinner to
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fire up, you brought your neighbors and you made homemade signs. when we had calls to make, teachers and nurses, showed up after work already bone tired but staying anyway, late into the night. and you welcomed me and michelle into your homes. and you picked us up when we needed a lift. and your faces gave me new hope for this country's future. and your stories filled me with resolve to fight for you every single day i set foot in the oval office. you inspired us. i want to take this opportunity to say one thing to all the young people. and not so young people who have given so much to this campaign over the years. those of you who haven't done this just for me, but for each
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other. for laid off family members, for a sick child. for a fallen friend. to all of you who have lived and breathed the hard work of change, i want to thank you. you took this campaign and you made it your own, and you organized yourselves, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, county by county. starting a movement that spread across the country. a movement made up of young and old and rich and poor, and black and white. latino, asian, native american, gay, straight, democrats, republicans, who believe we've all got something to contribute. and we all deserve a shot at our own american dream. when the cynics said we couldn't. you said, yes, we can. you said yes, we can, and we did. against all odds we did. we didn't know what challenges
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would come when we began this journey. we didn't know how deep the crisis would turn out, but we knew we would get through those challenges the same way this nation always has. with that determined unconcurable american spirit that says, no matter how bad the storm gets. no matter how tough times are, we're all in this together. we rise or fall as one nation and as one people. that's the spirit that's carried us through the trials and tribulations of the last four years. in 2008 we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis of our generation. the american auto industry is back. home values are on the rise. we're less dependent on foreign oil than any time in the last 20 years, we doubled the production
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of clean energy because of the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in iraq is over. the war in afghanistan is ending. al qaeda's on the run, osama bin ladin is dead. we've made real progress these past four years. but iowa, we're here tonight because we have more work to do. we're not done yet on this journey. we've got more road to travel. as long as there's a single american that wants a job but can't find one. as long as there are families working harder but still falling behind. as long as there's a child anywhere in des moines, anywhere in iowa, anywhere in this country languishing in poverty, barred from opportunity our work isn't done. our fight for change goes on.
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because we know this nation cannot succeed without a growing thriving middle class and sturdy ladders for everyone who's willing to work to get into that middle class. our fight goes on because america's always done best. when everyone's got a fair shot and everyone's doing their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules, the people of iowa understand that. that's what we believe. that's why you elected me in 2008 and iowa, that's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. >> now, the choice you make
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tomorrow, you guys understand as iowa ans, the choice you make is not just between two candidates or two parties. it's a choice between two visions, who we are. it's a choice between going back to the topdown policies had a caused the mess we've been fighting our way out of for four years or moving forward to a future that's built on a strong and growing middle class. and iowa, you know me as well as anybody. you've seen a lot of me these last six years. and you know what, you may not agree with every decision i've made. michelle doesn't. there may be times where you've been frustrated at the pace of change. i promise you, so have i. but i tell you what, you know what i believe. you know where i stand.
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you know i tell the truth. you know i'll fight for your families every single day as hard as i know how. and that's why when we talk about change, we know what real change looks like, because we fought for it. we've got the scars to prove it. i have the gray hair to show it. i wasn't this gray when i first showed up in iowa. and sometimes it's been hard. sometimes it's been frustrating. we understand that. but what we also know is that when we decide to make a difference, when americans come together, determined to bring about change, nobody can stop us. we cannot be stopped. after all we've been through
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together. after all we fought through together we cannot give up on change now. we know what real change looks like, a country where every american has a shot at a great education. where we recruit new teachers, train new workers. bring down tuitions so that no one in this country is forced to give up their dream of a college education. change comes when we live up to this country's legacy of innovation by investing in the next generation of technology and manufacturing. instead of subsidizing oil company profits -- iowa knows about clean energy and biodiesel and wind turbines that will free this country from the grip of foreign oil. i don't want a tax code that rewards companies for creating jobs overseas. i want to reward companies for
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creating jobs right here in america. that's what change is, iowa. >> you've been listening to barack obama giving his closing arguments in des moines, iowa. we want to go to mitt romney, who is also making his closing case in manchester, new hampshire. just introduced by his wife, ann. here's governor romney. >> to stay in it all the way to victory tomorrow night. tomorrow we begin a new tomorrow. perhaps some of your friends and family have not made up their minds who to vote for. i would like you to talk to them, ask them to look beyond the speeches and the attacks and all the adds, and look to the record. talk is cheap. but a record is real, and it's earned with effort.
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change was promised by the president, but change is not measured in speeches, it's measured in achievements. four years ago, candidate obama promised to do so very much, but he has fallen so very short. he promised a post partisan presidency, but he became partisan, most partisan, blaming, attacking and dividing. it's not only republicans he refused to listen to. he also didn't listen to independent voices. he was going to focus on creating jobs. instead he focused on obama care which killed jobs. and then he said he was going to cut the deficit in half, instead he doubled it. and then he said -- he said that unemployment would be at 5.2%, it's at 7.9%. and by the way, that's more than
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just a percentage. that's 9 million americans that are out of work. and that's the number that we should have had had he been right in the forecast he made as promised. unemployment today is higher than when the president was elected. he promised that he would propose a plan to save social security and medicare. he didn't. in fact he raided medicare to pay for obama care. $716 billion. he said he would lower health insurance premiums for the average family in america, by 2,500 a year. anyone here had their premiums go down? no. in fact they're higher by 3,000 a year. gasoline, the american family pays $2,000 more a year for gasoline, than when president obama was elected. he said he would work across party lines on the most
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important issues. he has not met on the economy or on the budget or on jobs with either republican leader of the house or the senate since july. so instead of bridging the divide he's made it wider. now, many of you here in new hampshire look at the challenges we face as a nation, not first as a republican, a democrat, but as an american. you watched what happened in this country over the last four years, with an independent view. you hoped that president obama would live up to his promise to bring people together, to solve the big problems. he hasn't. i will. >> let me tell you why he fell so short of what he promised. it's because he cared more about a liberal agenda than he did
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about repairing the economy. i mean, did obama care create new jobs? >> no. >> did his war on coal and gas and oil create new jobs? >> no. >> did those dodd-frank regulations help banks make more loans? >> no. >> does raising taxes put people to work? >> no. >> did his avalanche of new regulations help small business? >> no. >> well, you passed the test. now, look, almost every measure he took hurt the economy and our fellow americans. 23 million americans are struggling to find a good job. one in six of us is poor. and the middle class, the middle class is being squeezed as take
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home pay has gone down by 4,300 a year. and the cost of everything from gasoline to health insurance to food to utilities has gone up. this weekend i spoke with the wife of a 60-year-old man in the prime of his life, i might add. and he's worked as a welder for 40 years, but he just got laid off. his wife asked what i could do to help them. she made it very clear he doesn't want a government check, he wants a job. and so the question of this election comes down to this. do you want four more years like
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the last four years? >> no. >> do you want real change? >> yes. >> now, president obama promised change, but he couldn't deliver it. i not only promised change, i have a record of achieving it. i built a business, i turned around another one, i helped put olympics back on track. and with a democrat legislature i helped turn my state from deficit to surplus. and from job losses to job growth. and we went from higher taxes to higher take home pay. and that's why i'm running for president. because i know how to change the course the nation is on. and i'll do it.
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you see, accomplishing real change is not something i just talk about. it's something i've done, and it's what i'm going to do when i'm president of the united states. well, if you like me believe we can do better, and you believe america should be on a better course. if you're tired of being tired, then i ask you to vote and work for real change and make that happen tomorrow. >> obviously we've been listening to mitt romney, the president and the governor are speaking right now. we're trying to ping-pong for
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you. let's send it back now to barack obama in des moines iowa as he wraps up his speech there. >> millions of dollars of ads. you know, it all comes down to you. it's out of my hands now. it's in yours. all of it depends on what you do, when you step into that voting booth tomorrow. it's just a remarkable thing the way our democracy works. and at a certain point, all this effort and all these campaign rallies, and then it just comes down to each of us. as citizens. all of it depends on you bringing your friend, your neighbor, your co-worker, mom, dad, wife, your husband to the polls. that's how our democracy is supposed to be. the single most powerful force in our democracy is you.
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moving this country forward begins with you. don't ever let anyone tell you your vote doesn't matter. don't let anyone tell you your voice doesn't make a difference. it makes a difference. i got a powerful reminder of this myself on our last campaign. folks in iowa, i know you may have heard this story, but it was early in the primaries, we were still way down in the polls, and i think this just -- this office had just finally gotten the heat turned on, at the time i was still competing in south carolina, it was one of the early primary states. i really wanted the endorsement of a state representative down there. i met her at some function where nobody knew me, nobody could pronounce my name. they're wondering, what's he thinking? so i asked her for her endorsement, and she said, i tell you what, obama, i will give you my endorsement, if you come to my hometown of
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greenwood, south carolina. and i think i had a little bit of wine during dinner, because right away i said, okay. so it's about a month later and i'm traveling back to south carolina and we flew in late at night, i think we were coming from iowa. we had been campaigning nonstop, traveling all through towns and having town hall meetings and shaking hands. in between i'm making phone calls, asking people for support. so we land in greenville, south carolina around midnight, we get to the hotel at 1:00 in the morning. i'm wiped out, exhausted. back then we didn't fly on air force one, the accommodations were a little different. and just as i'm about to walk into the room, one of my staff pats me on the shoulder and they say, excuse me, senator. i was a senator back then. we're going to have to wake up and be on the road at 6:30 in
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the morning. i said, what? why? well, you made this promise to go to greenwood and it's several hours away. and you know, i try to keep my promises. so a few hours later i wake up and i'm feeling terrible. i think a cold's coming on, and i open up the curtains to try to get some light to wake me up, it's pouring down rain. and i take a shower and get some coffee and i -- i open up the newspaper and there's a bad story about me in the new york times. i was much more sensitive at that time to bad stories. i've become more accustomed to these now. and finally i get dressed i go downstairs and i walk out to the car and my umbrella blows open, and i'm soaked. by the time i'm in the car, i'm wet and i'm mad and i'm still kind of sleepy.
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and it turns out that greenwood is several hours away from every place else. so we drive and we drive and we drive. and we drive and finally we get to greenwood, although you don't know you're in greenwood right away, there's not a lot of tall buildings around. and we pull up to a small fieldhouse and i walk in and i'm looking around. i don't hear a lot going on. the state representative said she was going to organize a little meeting for us. i walk in and there's about 20 people there. they don't look excited to see me. i'm running for president, i do what i'm supposed to do, i'm shaking hands, i say, how do you do. nice to meet you. i make my way around the world, and suddenly i hear this voice cry out behind me, fired up. and i'm startled and i don't know what's going on, but everybody in the room -- this is
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a small room. they act like this is normal. and when the voice says fired up, they all say, ready to go. and so once again, i hear the voice. fired up, ready to go. fired up, ready to go. i look around, i turn behind me, there's this little woman, about 60 years old, looks like she just came from church. she's looking at me, grinning, smiling, looking happy. turns out she's the city council woman from greenwood who also moonlights as a private detective, i'm not making this up. this is true. and it turns out she's famous throughout the area. when she goes to football games and rallies and she goes to community events, she does this chant of hers. she does it wherever she goes. for the next few minutes she just keeps saying fired up.
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and everybody says fired up. and she says ready to go. and everybody says ready to go. and i'm thinking, you know, this woman is showing me up. this is my meeting, i'm running for president. and she's dominating the room. and i look at my staff, and they just shrug their shoulders. they don't know what to do. so goes on for a few minutes. now, here's the thing, iowa, after a few minutes i'm feeling kind of fired up. i'm feeling like i'm ready to go. so i start joining in the chant. my staff starts joining in the chant. suddenly i feel pretty good. and we go on to talk about the lives of the people in the room, and their families and their struggles and their hopes for their kids and their grandkids, and we drive out and it's still raining but it doesn't seem so
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bad. we go to our next stop, and for the rest of the day even after we left greenwood, even though we still weren't getting any big crowds any place, even though people still couldn't pronounce my name, i felt good. and i'd see my staff, i'd say, are you fired up? they'd say, we're fired up. i'd say, are you ready to go? they'd say, we're ready to go. and we brought that to iowa. and during our rallies, this became a chant and we'd have signs saying fired up, ready to go. the woman, her name was edith, she became a celebrity. she was written up in the wall street journal. folks did news stories on her. and this became one of the anthems of our campaign back in 2008. now, here's the end of the
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story, though. we knew we were coming back to des moines for the last campaign rally i'll ever do for me, and so we were getting kind of sent imtal and we called up edith and we said, why don't you come on up. why don't you -- no, no, listen to this. we said, why don't you come on up, we'll fly you up from south carolina and you can do this chant one more time, just for old good times sake, like getting the band back together again. and you know what edith said? she said, i'd love to see you, but i think we can still win north carolina, so i'm taking a crew into north carolina to knock on doors on election day.
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i don't have time to be talking about it, i've got to knock on some doors. i've got to turn out the vote. i'm still fired up, but i got work to do. and that shows you what one voice can do. one voice can change a room. and if it can change a room, it can change a city. and if it can change a city, it can change a state. and if it can change a state, it can change a nation. and if it can change the nation, it can change the world. and iowa in 2008 your voice changed the world. and edith child asked me to ask you, if you're willing to still stand with me tomorrow, if you're willing to get your friends and your neighbors and your co-workers to the polls
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tomorrow. if you're willing to make sure we finish what we started, she's pretty sure we'll win iowa. she's pretty sure we'll win this election. and she just had one question for you. and that is, are you fired up? are you fired up? are you fired up? are you fired up? >> ready to go. >> iowa, tomorrow, let's remind the world just why it is the united states of america is the greatest nation on earth. i love you. let's go vote. let's keep moving forward. god bless you, and god bless the united states of america. ♪ >> we just watched barack obama with his concluding speech for the campaign in des moines iowa.
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obviously a speech he had prepared for, he had that anecdote about being fired up. a story some may have heard before, but obviously he told again. there he is again with michelle. mitt romney is still speaking in new hampshire. we're going to go back and try to get the end of his speech now so you can hear that as well. >> my conviction is that better days are ahead, and that's not based on promises and hollow rhetoric, but on solid plans and proven results. and on an unshakable belief in the greatness of the american spirit. if there's anyone worried that the last four years are the best we can do. if there's anyone who feels that the american dream is fading away. if theres anyone who wonders
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whether better jobs or better paychecks are a then of the past. i have a clear and unequivocal message. with the right leadership, america is going to come roaring back. >> the only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we've ever imagined is lack of leadership opinion and that's why we have elections. tomorrow's a moment to look into the future. and mablg what we can do.
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to put the past four years behind us, and start building a new future. you saw the differences when president obama and i were side by side in our debates. he says it has to be this way. i say it can't stay this way. he's offering excuses. i have a plan. he's hoping we'll settle. i can't wait to get started. americans don't settle. we build, we aspire, we listen to that voice inside that says we can do better. that better life. that better life is out there, waiting for us. our destiny is in your hands.
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tomorrow we get to work rebuilding our country. restoring our confidence and renewing our conviction. confidence that we're in a solid path to steady improvement. confidence that college grads will be able to find better jobs when they graduate. confidence that single moms working two jobs will have a shot at a better job. tomorrow on november 6th, we come together for a better future. and on november 7th we get to work. we reach across the street, i need you to reach across the street to the neighbor with the other yard sign and we'll reach
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across the aisle in washington to people of good faith in the other party. and this is much more, because this is much more than our movement, it's america's moment of renewal and purpose and optimism. we have journeyed together far and wide in this great campaign for america's future, and now we're almost home. one final push and we'll get the there. we have known many long days and short nights and now we're close. the door to a brighter future is there. it's open, it's waiting for us. i need your vote. i need your help. walk with me. walk together. tomorrow we begin a new tomorrow. god bless you. god bless new hampshire.
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god bless the united states of america. thank you so very much. let's win this one tomorrow. thanks, you guys. thank you, new hampshire. thank you. >> and you have just heard mitt romney make his case in manchester, new hampshire, where he will spend the night. and he will be campaigning tomorrow. there you go, you got the two, those were significant and long speeches by both of them. >> they were. two closing arguments on election eve. very different tones in speeches. very different visions, the contrast could not be clearer, so it's on to election day. mitt romney will still campaign trying to get every last vote out. president obama said he's made his case, it's up to the voters, it's in your hands. >> we're going to take a break, and when we come back, we're going to talk about that, the big decision these two men made. what we understand is barack obama is not campaigning tomorrow, he's going to play a little basketball. mitt romney is making a few stops. will it be enough?
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for them. for all of us. votees on thirty-eight. welcome back. while you can hear the train lindh me, i am in columbus, ohio. that could be the state that they think is growing to be the state that determines this
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election. we're at the boat house looking over columbus, ohio. as the trains go with by, commerce continues in this country. john avlon joins me. great to see all of you. i want to talk about this issue. you heard the closing arguments from both men, that really is the closing argument for barack obama. mitt romney not so fast, he's going to be making a few campaign stops tomorrow. so let me start with you, hogan. why is mitt romney doing that, does he feel he's behind? does he need to use every single second? >> it's not unprecedented. there still may be folks out there that may be trying to make their mind up. barack obama obviously is going to take the day off, he's going to play some basketball, i think it's his campaign election day ritual, you can't fault him for that, he's done pretty well doing that so far. i think governor romney wants to
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get out there to ma that push to everybody, every voter one last time. he doesn't want to leave any stone unturned. this race is razor thin right now. if there's one thing that could turn sody atheast second, governor romney is going to be out there and he's going to try to push the election to those voters. >>alk to john about the enthusiasm here. we have had -- at the cnn poll that came out today, enthusiasm was tied. 70%, very enthusiastic about going out and casting their votes on the republican side, same on the democratic side. >> it's fascinating, we've been talking so long about that enthusiasm gap. you look at the early vote numbers, they're actually up from where they were in 2008. here's one difference, can you see it in those two closing argument speeches. a lot of romney's enthusiasm, 37% was primarily about the opposing president obama rather than being primarily in favor of their candidate.
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it's only 12% of president obama supporters say they're against mitt romney. you saw those two speeches, mitt romney was running against president obama's record. and president obama in with a wash going back to where it all began for him, giving a very personal, very heartfelt speech that was very positive and forward looking. that message does translate. it echos in the closing argument. it's fascinating, we have a close race, both parties fired up really getting their votes to the poll tomorrow. >> what do you think about the other crucial issue. mitt romney was talking about what obama has not achived, and why he would be different. but what about this independence and what they're going to reresponded to. that's the other thing, mitt romney leads nationally independents by three points over barack obama, they're a coveted group. so can he do it without them? can he do it with that gap? >> certainly. and it's not unprecedented.
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george bush lost independents and still won the election. so it certainly isn't unprecede unprecedented. i think it all depends on what are the numbers of president obama's coalition. the wide array of voters that he's counting on to come out to vote tomorrow. what are those percentages, if those percentages equal or surpass, they probably would need to surpass what they are in 2008, i think he can lose independents. and the other question is, i would love to hear john avlon's take on this. what is really the percentage of independent voters in what the voting pool is going to be tomorrow. we've seen, i think a shrinking like we've never seen before, in this election cycle of true independents. so i'm not all that worried about that independent number, erin, i'm just very focused. and what i'm going to be watching out for tomorrow is whether the coalition of voters that president obama needs is going to come out. we saw michelle obama beautifully go through all of
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them, women, latinos, talking about the american dream, young -- students, even seniors and veterans and the lgbt community when she said, it doesn't matter who you love. and it was a beautiful passing of the baton to president obama's speech. >> yes, i would just say, the fascina fascinating -- president obama has a 20 point lead with self-identified moderate voters, in the past, those two groups have been largely in line. one of the reasons we're seeing a gap for the first time is the impact of the tea party. it's going to be a real question about whether he can run those numbers up with other voters in the center. it's a broader coalition question, it's a fascinating dynamic in this case. >> will we know tomorrow night the winner? >> i have no idea, but it's obvious he's going after those independents. the most poignant moment in those debates is when he laid out the promise the president
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polls in this crucial state where we are tonight, columbus, ohio open in less than seven hours. let me bring in john avlon. in a few moments, the first polls in the country open. tell us a little bit about this place. >> dixville is one of these legendary places in politics. it's the first to catch their vote votes in the primary and on election night. it's only a handful of votes. there's something poignant about tonight. president obama in iowa, where he won that first caucus that no one thought he could win in 2008, with the rally outside where his headquarters were, and mitt romney. it's all back to where the presidential cycle begins, here
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we are, it's back to new hampshire and iowa, two major swing states, battleground states at stake tomorrow. >> there's something special about that, it makes you think about the great moments in american politics. also highlights for so many, how it is more than ever, it seems only some states matter. >> it is. unfortunately, it comes down to around nine states, but they are hotly connest itted. and they are these states that are swing. they're not liberal they're not conservative, it's a great american tradition. >> thanks so much to john avlon. we'll be back here tomorrow at 2:00 eastern with a special election day of out front. and i'll be here in columbus all night for cnn's election in america. thanks for watching. e around my. mine's just, right over that way. well you can find out exactly where it is using bing elections. it's a good day for politics. which way do you lean politically? conservative. republican. well, using the bing news selector you can find news from whichever way you lean.
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